I’ve been invited to read a memoir I wrote a number of years ago to our Year 12 English class later today. My previous teaching partner asked me to do so as I’m not teaching Year 12s at present and they’re learning to write memoirs. This was a pleasant boost to my ego. However, I’m not sure the students will feel as excited. Here’s why:
They’ve been told they’re being visited by a “Guest Author” capital letters and all. They have NOT been told it is me.
In my Creative Writing class on Thursday, one of the Year 12s said to me,
“Apparently we’ve got an author coming to speak to us on Tuesday.”
Just before I open my mouth…
“I hope it’s someone interesting, not just some random.”
Well, my dear boy, you have about 10 hours to hold onto that dream. Then, prepare to be disappointed.
Not great for the ego! However, life is full of surprises – for me as well as students – they might like it.
More on the memoir in posts to come.